Hamza Piccardo hails his firm as a “triumph of integration.” But in reality it is just another example of what we have seen time and time again: Western adaption to and accommodation of Islamic principles, without Muslims giving an inch in the service of this “integration.” He offers Italian food adapted to halal restrictions, not halal restrictions adapted to Italian culinary custom. “Italy: First ‘halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens,” from AKI, May 20 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Bologna, 20 May (AKI) – Italy’s first-ever ‘halal’ supplier has opened for business in Italy’s northern city of Bologna, selling meals prepared according to Islamic principles to restaurants and canteens in Italy and abroad.
“Integration is also being able to eat as one should and to be at peace with God,” Hamza Piccardo, told Adnkronos International (AKI).
Piccardo, an Italian convert to Islam, is the director of the ‘Tre Alfieri Halal’, which is based in Bologna, a renowned gastronomic centre.
“Our new company wants to be a triumph of integration: to combine Italy’s great cuisine and Islam’s rules without losing the flavours of the former and the spiritual rigour of the latter,” he said….